Sleep is critical to ensure you’re feeling and functioning at your best. There are many different reasons for not getting a good night’s sleep- these range from body clock changes to poor sleep habits. If you’re not getting enough sleep, here are some ways you can improve your sleep this year:

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Decrease your caffeine

It’s not uncommon to go through stages where you’re more sensitive to caffeine. Unfortunately, many people who aren’t getting enough sleep tend to drink more coffee during the day to compensate. This can lead to more problems getting to sleep, and it quickly becomes a vicious cycle. Now’s the time to start cutting back on your caffeine. Do this slowly so you don’t deal with some of the withdrawal symptoms like headaches. Try to avoid drinking coffee after 1 pm, which will help your body naturally feel more sleepy in the late afternoon and early evening.

Ditch the screens

If you’re someone who is constantly on their laptop, tablet, or mobile phone late at night, this habit is likely to be impacting both your quality and quantity of sleep. These devices emit a blue light which actually tells your brain that it should be awake. Instead, implement a cut-off time, and avoid using any electronic devices in your bedroom. If you need some time to unwind in the evenings, consider reading a book or magazine instead.

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Address the stress

It’s difficult to get enough sleep when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. If this sounds like you, there are plenty of ways you can reduce this stress so you can enjoy better sleep. First, consider options like mindfulness and meditation. These have been clinically proven to help you relax and feel less stressed. They also help improve focus and allow you to slow down.

Another good way to reduce stress? Increase your activity. Whether you like the idea of a brisk walk, a jog, a swim, or some weight training, any exercise is good exercise. When you workout, your body releases endorphins which make you feel good. It also helps you feel less stressed.

Stop the snacking

If you’re a late-night snacker, this could be impacting more than just your waistline. Fatty and sugary foods tend to encourage your digestive system to wake up and get moving. This means that you’ll find it more difficult to sleep. Not to mention, sugar can make you feel wide awake and jittery.